President George Bush: The government cant move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order.
The Bush Administration has authorized thousands of wiretaps of US citizen’s phones without a court order, under The Patriot Act which should be in violation of the 1978 law that requires a special court be set up to approve and monitor such wiretaps.
The Bush Administration explained that it was necessary to bypass the courts because speed was essential for combating terrorism. However a court was set up to examine the wiretaps retroactively if needed, while not impeding the monitoring of possible terrorist communications.
Recent polls show 64% of Americans including Michael Savage don’t object to wiretapping if it will help fight terrorism.